DPU’s research centre was established in 2017 to act as a point of contact between Duhok Polytechnic University and governmental and non-governmental organizations that contact DPU for collaboration, consultancy, or funding a particular project. However, Duhok Polytechnic University does not have any research centre of any kind whether in a college level or independent research centre that belongs to a particular research group. DPU’s research centre came up with proposals to start establishing research centres and research groups to motive interdisciplinary research activities, in addition, to support governmental and non-governmental organizations with academic, consultancy, training, implementation of projects services.

Therefore, DPU’s future colleges’ research centers and research groups will work under the umbrella of the DPU’s research centre. DPU’s research centre will be aware of all the research activities of the university so that it can direct a particular projectfund to its suitable intended research group or college’s research center. It is essential to obtain a centralized knowledge of all the research activities of the university in one entity in order to be able to conduct the required co-ordination among research groups and activate interdisciplinary research activities.


Research Center Activities

1-   Initiate research activities that contribute to; new discoveries, scientific and technical breakthroughs, innovation, institutional reputation.

2-   Coordinate and promote the University’s research.

3-   Represent Duhok Polytechnic University to external R&D funding agencies in Kurdistan as well as abroad. 

4-   Responsible for initiating partnerships and collaborations with industry via research, knowledge transfer, and internships. In addition, managing and following up with the implementation of international programs and agreements.

5-   Promote international collaboration in research and engage in strategic alliances and networking with other world-wide universities.

6-   Promote interdisciplinary research collaboration with the interaction of the University’s deans. 

7-   Establish, Maintain, and oversee programs and research’s laboratories and centers.

8-   Assist colleges to deliver the Strategic Plans targets in order to obtain an improvement in the quality and quantity of the University s research which leads to increasing the University’s research grant income.


Director General of the Research Center

Dr. Shavan Askar (Associate Professor of Computer Networks) is currently Director General of DPU Research Center. He received his PhD degree in Electronic Systems Engineering from the University of EssexUK in 2012. He obtained his MSc (2003) and BSc (2001, Ranked 1st on the college) degrees from the Control and Systems Engineering Dept.Baghdad. Dr. Askar works in the field of Networks that includes Internet of Things (IoTs), Software Defined Networks (SDN), Optical Networks, and 5G. Dr. Askar has started his academic career in 2003 when he was appointed as a lecturer at the University of DuhokIraq until 2008 when he granted a scholarship to do his PhD degree that commenced in October 2008 and finished successfully in June 2012. He has more than 30 research papers, some of his papers were published in very prestigious conferences such as OFC and ECOC and high impact factor (3.58) journals such as Optics Express. While he was in UK, he worked as a Researcher in two European projects; MAINS project (Metro Architecture enabling Subwavelengths) and ADDONAS project (Active Distributed and Dynamic Optical Network Access Systems).

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Contact Researches Center

 61Zakho Road,1006 Mazi Qr.,P.O.Box101,Duhok, Kurdistan         


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